Pros: mid-management and below are some of the greatest people!
Cons: furloughs, no communication from upper management, fear driven tactics, no leadership
I endured SSI for a short period of time. A few weeks after they hired me I wondered why they were hiring, with furloughs and cut backs it seemed ironic that I was offered a job and then told I needed to take 5 weeks unpaid! I started looking shortly after I was hired for another position; the writing was on the wall with this company. No corporate – more... communication, no strategic planning, even other company’s CEOs from the area were chatting…everyone saw this one coming. Lucky for me I landed a great opportunity and I didn't have to explain my reason for looking. The VP of my currently employer already knew of SSI’s situation.
If you want to be a part of real results and watch the fruits of your labor flourish than this is not the company for you. If you have any expectations at all, this is not the company for you. Upper management lacks the skills it takes to lead anyone. There simply are no leaders at this company. They have gone through several restructures but always cut of the wrong people. They need to stop cutting the Indians and start cutting the chiefs.
When their new CEO came on board people were excited. Then came the nothingness that he has become known for. This CEO will walk away with one more failure under his belt. He should have laid out his strategic plan and then cleaned house, literally and immediately. When your company’s finances luster like a toilet bowl the CFO and most of the finance team should have been the first walked out the door. Then when your VPs and directors have no departmental strategic plans for measurable success they too need to go. Their senior VPs and VPs literally don’t know how to run their business units effectively. Their operations are a mess and none of the Indians trust the Generals.
I have never seen a fear driven management style be effective, and it isn't. You don’t promote what doesn't work. The smart and talented employees have filtered out and accepted better positions. The upper management is mostly made up of other company's rejects and they will likely go down with the ship as no one is lined up to make them an offer. Future companies looking to hire SSI employees should stay away from all upper management director level or above. – less